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1.  Chest Pain
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), chest pain is one of the most common reasons that people ages 15 and older visit the emergency room. In 2008, about nine percent of all ER visits wer...
This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.
Symptoms:
  • Chest pain
2.  Heart Attack Overview
In the movies, heart attacks are always very obvious. In reality, heart attacks aren't always so sudden or dramatic. Read our brief overview for information about heart attacks.
This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.
Symptoms:
  • Chest pain
  • Heart murmurs
  • High blood pressure
  • Low blood pressure
  • Pain
3.  Angina Pectoris
Angina is a type of chest pain caused by reduced blood flow to the heart. Lower blood flow means your heart isn't getting enough oxygen. This pain often occurs with physical activity or stress. Stable angina, als...
This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.
Symptoms:
  • Chest pain
  • Radiating chest pain
  • Chest pain on exertion
  • Crushing chest pain
  • Squeezing chest pain
4.  Types of Acid Reflux
Acid reflux disease or GERD is a chronic digestive disease with symptoms of esophogeal burning & heartburn. GERD can be managed thru medication & lifestyle changes.
Symptoms:
  • Chest pain
  • Pain on swallowing
  • Loss of appetite
  • Pain
  • Cough
5.  Unstable Angina
Angina is a condition marked by crushing pain in your chest that may also be felt in your shoulders, neck, and arms. The pain is caused by inadequate blood supply to your heart, which leaves your heart deprived o...
This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.
Symptoms:
  • Chest pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Pain
  • High blood pressure
  • Nausea
6.  Heartburn
Heartburn is a symptom that rarely has anything to do with your heart. It occurs when you feel a burning sensation in your chest that is often accompanied by a bitter taste in your throat or mouth. Symptoms of heartbur...
Symptoms:
  • Chest pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Pain
  • Colic
  • Difficulty in swallowing
7.  Chronic Bronchitis
Your bronchial tubes are responsible for delivering air to your lungs. When these tubes become inflamed, mucus can build up. The coughing and shortness of breath this causes is known as bronchitis. People often develo...
Symptoms:
  • Chest pain
  • Chest pain under breastbone
  • Pleuritic chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
8.  Pneumonia
Pneumonia is an infection in one or both lungs. The infection may be caused by fungi, bacteria, or viruses. Pneumonia causes inflammation in your lung's air sacs, also referred to as alveoli. The alveoli fill with flui...
Symptoms:
  • Chest pain
  • Coughing up yellow sputum
  • Pain
  • General weakness
  • Muscle pain
9.  High Blood Pressure Overview
Hypertension, or high blood pressure (HBP), increases the risk of heart attack, stroke & other health problems. Learn HBP symptoms & get treatment under an MD's care.
Symptoms:
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Visual disturbance
  • Abdominal swelling
10.  Lung Cancer Overview
Learn the types of lung cancer, and read information about lung cancer symptoms, causes and treatments. Continue reading!
Symptoms:
  • Chest pain
  • Speech articulation problems
  • Pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unintentional weight loss
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